Healthy Living

Are Spas Safe?

Are Spas Safe?

Key Takeaways

  • Spas may not always fall rules and regulations regarding cleanliness.
  • It is better to bring your own tools when receiving a pedicure, or any type of spa treatment.
  • Avoid pedicures if you have diabetes.

The word spa derives from the history of a small village in Belgium, where Roman soldiers would relax in local hot mineral springs to alleviate body aches. Bath techniques, similar to the ones the Romans took advantage of in Belgium, have been used to cure many ailments in different cultures.

The psychology behind an individual's reasoning for going to the spa is meant to relieve any stress he or she might be experiencing, which can lead to several beneficial results. Some studies report that people who frequently visit spas have better physical and mental health. But, do all treatments spas offer have similar effects? Are there any risks associated with spas?

In many circumstances, communal pools, saunas, and other water treatments are contaminated with disease-causing germs that can transmit diseases. This occurs because the water in the pool is not changed frequently, which allows microbes to grow. Moreover, the hot, wet environment in a spa is conducive for the growth of these germs. Individuals who have any bruises or cuts are at a higher risk for infection.

Manicures and pedicures are the two most common treatments that create health risks if the station and instruments used are not properly cleaned. If an individual who has diabetes goes to get a pedicure and the cuticle is trimmed too much, the risk of an infection can increase considerably. To reduce the chance of infection, one should bring his or her own pedicure kit to each appointment to avoid any chance of infection.

One should consider that, although spas claim to be clean and regulated, there is a slight chance that the spa is not at its full potential of cleanliness. 

Follow these healthy tips to make your spa trip safer:

  • Get your own instruments to reduce the chance of contamination.
  • Avoid spa procedures if you have any cuts or bruises. 
  • Always ensure that water used in the spa is frequently changed and clean.
  • Make sure that all staff members have a license to perform procedures.